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National Charter Schools Week 2009

May 3-9, 2009 is National Charter Schools Week. The theme for this year's celebration is Promoting Excellence & Innovation. The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools has created a toolkit that can assist charter schools with activities to celebrate National Charter Schools Week. The toolkit can be found at the following link: (PDF) . Please join us in celebrating the many successes of Florida's charter schools.:

Monday, May 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Florida Department of Education
Turlington Building
325 W. Gaines Street, Tallahassee

A short introduction to Florida's Charter Schools (wmv)
Video Provided by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

Commissioner Eric Smith will be joined by CARE Charter School of Excellence and Imagine School at Evening Rose for the kick-off celebration of National Charter School Week.

Additional National Charter Schools Week Activities:

Broward County

Monday, May 4th at 9:30 a.m.
Ben Gamla Charter School
2620 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will speak with 7th & 8th grade students at Ben Gamla Charter School, the first English/Hebrew language charter school in the country.

Escambia County

Friday, May 8th at 11:30 a.m.
Escambia Charter School
399 Ranch Road in Cantoment

Open house, art exhibition, student awards ceremony

Leon County

Friday, May 8th at 12:45 p.m.
School of Arts and Sciences
3208 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee
Community invited to attend the school's "Friday Sing!" event

Miami-Dade County

Tuesday, May 5th at 11:30 a.m.
Doral Academy Charter High School
11100 NW 27 Street, Doral

City of Miami Dade County Mayor's Office will present National Charter Schools Week proclamation. The Mayor's Chief of Staff, Dennis Morales, will speak with AP American Government students.